July 28, 2009

Home Design in a Recession: Robert Allen to the Rescue!

Filed under: Fabric Usage — Tags: , , , — Leona Gaita @ 4:10 PM

Times are tough and consumers are understandably being very careful with their spending. Custom decorating isn’t cheap, but Robert Allen has just introduced some very classy looking prints that I can sell for a low price, without giving up the chic look that I insist on bringing to my projects.

Susand and Russell's new house

Robert Allen Waldemere - dove

The Robert Allen @Home Collection, has always provided reliably inexpensive prints, but NOT always forward looking styling.  I think these new prints, in their patterns, styling, coloring and quality stand up beautifully among much higher priced prints from exclusive print houses.

Shades of grey plus hot pink in the above print (Waldemere-dove) give it a very current look and set it apart from other prints in its price category.  The base fabric is a smooth full bodied cotton. It  retails for $29.90 a yard!  Hey for that price, let’s upholster the walls!
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Here are some co-ordinates I found to have fun with, plenty for a whole room.  All are from Robert Allen.  The pink and grey stripe is  from the @Home Collection (Kukula-dove) also $29.90 a yard.

Below  are some furniture selections, to show how I envision using these pretty, modern prints and co-ordinates.

Kravet Andante Recamier

Kravet Andante Recamier

Cb2 Smart Marble Round Coffee Table

Cb2 Smart Marble Round Coffee Table

Duralee Riverside Chair

Duralee Riverside Chair


The brilliant,  joyful coloring used in this new print (Les Fauves-grasslands) from the @Home collection, gives this traditional pattern a fresh and up-to-date look.  The highly saturated cheerful spring palette is just the right medicine for tough times.  The pricing at $39.90 a yard doesn’t hurt either!  The base fabric is a wonderful full bodied linen blend that absolutely belies the pricing.

Robert Allen

Robert Allen Les Fauves-grasslands

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The green and white geometric (Cat’s Cradle-grass) in the grouping above is also from the @Home Collection.  It’s printed on the same wonderful linen blend, and comes in 8 smashing colors.  It  retails for $39.90.  This particular print , can take the lead to create a modern look, or be combined with the floral as part of an updated traditional setting.  All of the fabrics above are from Robert Allen.

I’d like to see these new patterns used on some handsome, time honored traditional furnishings.  The bright upbeat take on the prints, would give the classic furniture styling a good shaking up.  Don’t you think?

Petite Serenade Sofa

Petite Serenade Sofa from Kravet

Lyon Chair from Duralee

Lyon Chair from Duralee

Carrioll cocktail Table from Hickory Chair

Carrioll Cocktail Table from Hickory Chair

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In this new collection, Robert Allen shows that with great styling you can get a beautiful, chic and current look, at the right price.


All of the @Home prints come ina a gorgeous array of colors. Give us a call anytime, for sampling or pricing and availablity on the various fabrics shown here:  Gaita Interiors (914)834-8282

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  1. I love the assortment of beautiful fabrics you’ve assembled for each scheme, Leona – really lovely! The idea of doing custom drapery panels in these wonderful fabrics (I have several Robert Allen fabrics at home and LOVE them for texture as well as color) is great, and I think it’s true, as you show, that savings abound these days in nice furniture of good quality and design. Love this post!!


    Comment by Caitlin — July 29, 2009 @ 2:42 PM

  2. Lots of beautiful fabrics, and the prices are great!! Love the pink & grey palette you’ve put together. I’m not into pale pink, but I love bright fuchsia pink :-)

    Also love the Cat’s Cradle pattern. It’s so bright & cheery in green :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

    Comment by DesignTies — July 29, 2009 @ 3:17 PM

  3. I have used the Les Fauves pattern for my drapes, and have coordinated other patterns, but now I’m looking for a stripe. What is the name of the Robt Allen stripe you have listed above on your site?

    Comment by Anne — January 7, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

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    Comment by interior_design — August 21, 2011 @ 3:02 PM

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